## Career Spotlight

**Sandra Begay
**

*Civil Engineer*

#### What is your job and for whom do you work?

I am a civil engineer at Sandia National Laboratories working in renewable energy.

#### What math skills are most helpful to you in your work?

I get to educate others about our natural resources and how renewable energy technologies work. I help American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages learn about and take advantage of renewable energy technologies like solar panels.

#### What has helped you be successful in math?

When I was in elementary school, I liked math and science and always wanted to figure out how different gadgets worked.

#### What advice do you have for parents about math?

Math isn’t always easy, but it is very useful and is part of what helped me become an engineer. Engineering is a great way to help people! I had to practice my math and engineering skills a lot to get to the point that I can help to educate others. Keep practicing your math skills, and you can find an exciting and fulfilling career!